Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival
The documentary is a strange, beautiful and original portrait of Donna Haraway, who, since her groundbreaking A Cyborg Manifesto (1984) has been the preeminent scholar on rethinking relations between humans and technology as well as humans and animals.
Donna Haraway is a prominent scholar in the field of science and technology, a science-fiction enthusiast who works on building a bridge between science and fiction. She became known in the 1980s through her work on gender, identity, and technology, which broke with the prevailing trends and opened the door to a frank and cheerful trans-species feminism. Haraway is a feminist whose beliefs rooted in environmentalism, in the different modes of self-sufficiency, Marxist materialism, and in a relationship with technology. In recent years, she has had a more pronounced concern for the ballooning population of Earth. To curtail that rapid growth, Haraway advocates for kinship among a wide variety of species (“oddkin,” as she puts it) as an alternative beyond the more traditional, typical model of a family based on biological reproduction and biogenetic kin. Her approach to writing is equally distinct, breaking with prevailing trends in theory by embracing narrative techniques in painting a rebellious and hopeful future based on trans-species solidarity. Recognising her singular talent for storytelling, Fabrizio Terranova spent a few weeks filming Haraway in her Southern California home, exploring her personal universe as well as the longer development of Haraway’s views on kinship and planetary welfare. Animated by green screen projections, archival materials, as well as psychedelic and speculative elements, Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival is an appropriately eccentric and kaleidoscopic response to the life and oeuvre of a truly original thinker.
Directed by Fabrizio Terranova (2016).
The screening is organized by Trafó Gallery and CEU’s Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative and is an accompanying program of the exhibition Some people believe the Sun used to be yellow.
In English. Free entrance, but registration is required.
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The screening is part of NEXTFESZT_3.